Randallstown, Md. cornerback Jamari McCollough received his first written offer from the Connecticut Huskies back in March. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound defensive back has been drawing interest from a lot of schools as of late, but have any new offers rolled in yet?
“Yes, Maryland offered me after the Elite College Combine on Wednesday and I’m expecting more to follow,” he said. “I’m getting a lot of interest from a number of schools, including Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, NC State, Marshall, Boston College, Nebraska, and Wake Forest. I don’t have any favorites right now. I like all of the schools recruiting me.”
Jamari had 43 solo tackles last season and six interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. He earned the Baltimore Sun athlete of the week award during the playoffs for his two interception, two touchdown (one offensive, one defensive) effort against Bel Air. He also earned first team all-county and second team all-metro honors as a junior.
“I feel I’m really strong in press coverage, I’ve got a good ability to feel out a receiver and figure out where he’s going to make his cuts before he makes them,” admits Jamari. “This is any area I can always improve on, but I feel pretty good with where I’m at right now.”
While McCollough maintains he’s in no rush to make a decision and will more than likely wait it out until Signing Day, he does have somewhat of an idea of what he’s looking for in a school.
“Academics come first for me. I’m thinking of studying something in athletic training or physical therapy,” says Jamari. “I’d like to play for a school with a winning tradition that also has a good atmosphere. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the city or it’s rural, as long as I’m comfortable.”
Jamari plans on attending camps at Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. At the Elite College Combine, McCollough posted solid shuttle and 40-yard dash times and held his own against top wideouts Derrick Williams and Nyan Boateng.
"It was a great experience," he said. "Getting to show what I can do against those guys helped. There were a ton of coaches there so I'm hoping for more offers soon."